Deborah Saint, Sensei
Deborah Saint, Sensei is the Resident
Teacher for Desert Lotus Zen and a Koan Teacher with the Pacific Zen Institute.
Deborah Saint, Sensei, is a koan teacher with Pacific Zen Institute. Deb retired from a long productive and satisfying public service career working with Indian tribes to resolve water resource issues in the Colorado River basin. She has two happy adult children. Deb began her practice with Desert Lotus Zen of the Pacific Zen Institute and has led DLZ for 10 years. She is interested in how koans work to open the heart revealing kindness and compassion.
John Tarrant, Roshi
John Tarrant, Roshi -- Director and Senior Faculty for Pacific Zen Institute and Senior Teacher for Desert Lotus Zen in Phoenix, AZ.
I am interested in Zen as a way that transforms the mind. This makes me an innovator. I studied and taught Zen in a classical manner for about 15 years before developing new ways of introducing koans that even people with no experience of meditation can find useful. I’m not so interested in Zen as a set of rules and procedures. My experiments have led me to trust people more than once I did, and to teach people to trust their own moves. They seem find freedom more natural than I had imagined.
For a couple of decades I did Jungian dream work and I have a PhD in psychology. I helped design the pioneering mind-body curriculum in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona at Tucson. It was intended to develop a culture for change in medical education. I also helped design the curriculum at Duke Integrative Medicine.
tarrantworks is my personal site. Articles, poems and event designs are here.
zenosaurus is my blog and primer on how to work with koans in a way that is actually meant to change your life.
website: tarrantworks.com blog: zenosaurus.blogspot.com